Chris Martin was born in Washington, D.C. in 1954. He attended Yale University from 1972 to 1975, and received a degree in Art Therapy from the School of Visual Arts in 1992. Martin currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
Martin has long been an admired painter in the Williamsburg, Brooklyn art community. His work draws from both abstract and literal sources, the two merging in a sort of visionary cohesion. Martin’s paintings and collages are charged with an intuitive spontaneity; the intensity of his colors and his experimental approach to process are linked in his search for the interconnection between a painting and its viewer. Interested in the transcendental and psychedelic, Martin’s influences include early American painting, pop cultural ephemera, and the natural landscape.